A Malaysian industrial site is threatening one of the country's most valuable wildlife hotspots, and may destroy one of its only turtle nesting sites. Two companies, Maegma Steel and Atigas Technology, are planning construction for a steel coil mill and a natural gas plant, respectively in the next few weeks -- which activists say will decimate nearby forest reserves and a turtle beach. Mongabay reports:
Recently, the state government of Perak approved building a liquefied natural gas plant and a steel coil mill inside Tanjung Hantu Permanent Forest Reserve. But activists say the industrial projects will not only cut into the reserve, but also scare away nesting turtles from Pasir Panjang, the last marine turtle beach in Perak.
Many fear that the green turtle, which is protected and only has six nesting sites left in the country, will suffer the most from the parking lots, roads and other infrastructure that will come along with the plants' construction.
An online petition asking the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to call for a review on the plan already has over 82,000 signatures.